Cliffs of Moher Co. Clare Ireland

12 Reasons Clare is the best County in Ireland

This may be a controversial statement but I really do believe that County Clare, the Banner County, is the most beautiful county in Ireland! For all non-Irish who are reading, the Republic of Ireland is made up of 26 counties, and the whole of Ireland is 32 counties (includes Northern Ireland), each is unique in it’s own way. But Clare has the most to offer and the best to offer, quantity and quality. Maybe I’m being bias as I grew up here, I’ll let you decide after you read this article!

  1. Bunratty –  Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is a major tourist spot for obvious reasons. The folk park is full of old Irish cottages from all over the country as well as the very impressive 15th Century Castle. After a day at the folk park a pint in Durty Nelly’s is a must!Bunratty Castle Co. Clare IrelandDurty Nelly's Bar Bunratty Co. Clare Ireland
  2. Doolin – Doolin is quite a small village but it’s a lovely place to stop while driving along the Wild Atlantic Way. Doolin hosts an annual folk festival during the summer and as they put it ‘powerful music in an intimate setting’.  Doolin Caves are also worth a visit as they have impressive stalactites.Doolin Co. Clare Ireland
  3. The Burren – The Burren is karst landscape unique to County Clare. Here you have cliffs, caves, fossils and beaches. My favourite beach is Fanore which is where I spent all my childhood summers. Aillwee Caves and the Birds of Prey Centre are worth a stop while in the Burren too.Fanore Beach The Burren Co. Clare IrelandDonkey in Ballyvaughan Co. Clare Ireland
  4. Father Ted’s House – Who knew Craggy Island is actually in the middle of County Clare? Sure that’s mad, Ted!Father Ted's House Co. Clare Ireland
  5. Lisdoonvarna –  A place so good it has it’s own song and a world famous matchmaking festival held annually! Need I say more?Lidoonvarna Matchmaking Festival Co. Clare Ireland
  6.  Loop Head – Cute little lighthouse and a really lovely cliff walk!Loop Head Lighthouse Co. Clare IrelandLoop Head Cliff Walk Co. Clare Ireland
  7. Willie Clancy Week – This is a music festival held in Miltown Malbay. A week of craic agus ceoil!
  8. Dromoland – Dromoland Castle is a 5 star hotel and golf course where some celebrities have stayed. The grounds of the Castle are pretty huge and the public are welcome to go for walks and feed the ducks.Dromoland Castle and Hotel Co. Clare Ireland
  9. Kilrush – Another great place to stop while driving the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s a nice coastal town with a lovely marina.Kilrush Marina Co. Clare Ireland
  10. Lahinch – Lahinch is a lovely surfers town with loads of water sports on offer and plenty of pubs to relax in after.Lahinch Beach and Town Co. Clare Ireland
  11. Poulnabrone Dolmen – This is an ancient portal tomb dating somewhere between 4200 BC and 2900 BC, older than the Pyramids and older than Newgrange!Poulnabrone Co. Clare Ireland
  12. Cliffs of Moher – The Cliffs are Ireland’s most visited natural tourism spot and for good reason. Over a 1 million people visited the Cliffs last year. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking!

Cliffs of Moher Co. Clare Ireland

Cliffs of Moher County Clare Ireland, Wild Atlantic West Coast

I know I left out a few things here, so I might have to do a part two! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear. If you want to visit County Clare or if you agree that it is the most beautiful County in Ireland I would love for you to share this with your friends.

All photos were taken by my friend Steff Wylde. Check out his website here or his instagram here.

Thanks so much for reading. You can check out my other travel posts here. Be sure to check out my instagram! You can follow me Bloglovin’ here.

Why Co. Clare Ireland Should be on your bucketlist

9 thoughts on “12 Reasons Clare is the best County in Ireland

  1. Caroline says:

    Ok, I totally believe you…this is the best county in Ireland! Haha. It really does look beautiful though. I’ve only been to Dublin and I really want to explore more of Ireland and the Cliffs of Moher is high on my list!

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